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How to Create a Thanksgiving Tablescape

Here is my Thanksgiving tablescape.  I took photos at several stages of table setting so you can see what I did. I typically set my table up to a week ahead of the event so that I can walk by it and see how pretty and fun it looks. Plus I feel like I’m “on top of my game”!

I started by putting a solid tan tablecloth over the table.  Here is a similar one.  I frequently use this cloth because it’s neutral and goes under many different color tablecloths.  Many of my favorite table linens are squares and by putting the big tan cloth down first I can still use these square cloths on my rectangular table.  I typically place the square cloth in the middle of the table on an angle.

The reason I used the tan under cloth with this pumpkin 🎃 top cloth is because it’s a little short for the ends of my table.  See how in this photo the end is easily covered by the under cloth.

Next I layered these oval rattan placemats.  I love these because they add texture to my table setting and they are easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.

Then I put a garland of leaves down the center.  I  bent it into a slight “S” shape so as to soften the garland and to allow room for the other decorations.

Next I added seven little real pumpkins and glass votives.  This combination gives more autumnal notes and soft low non-obtrusive candle light.  A cool trick for stuck on candle wax in the votives is to place the holders in the freezer for five or so minutes.  Remove them from the freezer and turn them upside down.  The old wax pops right out!  I buy a big box of votive candles here and they last for several years.

Lastly I set the table with orange embroidered linen napkins, silverware from our grandma, and cream dishes from Williams and Sonoma (old).  I placed a few turkeys 🦃 down the garland and wine glasses 🍷 which were from Crate and Barrel (old).  The final touch was a cute little place card turkey made out of these cupcake 🧁 liners, white mini liners and construction paper.  Isn’t the table so festive! 

 How do you like to decorate your table? Please give me new ideas (maybe for next year 🍁🦃🍽)!

So if you have a second, please comment below and tell me how you like to set your table for Thanksgiving.

Happy Turkey Day to all of you lovely readers! I’m so grateful for all of you!


Dr. Julie

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